HANGZHOU, CHINA: North Korea fired three ballistic missiles off its east coast on Monday in a defiant reminder of the risks to global security, as world leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama gathered at a G20 summit in China for the second day.
North Korea has tested missiles at sensitive times in the past to draw attention to its military might. But Monday’s launch risks embarrassing its main ally Beijing, which has gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure a smooth summit meeting in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou.
The missile test was also an unwanted distraction for the United States, which has been trying on the sidelines of the summit to finalize a deal with Russia for a ceasefire in Syria.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov met in Hangzhou, but failed to clinch a breakthrough. Obama later talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but there was no immediate word on the outcome.
The South Korean military said Pyongyang launched the missiles at around 0300 GMT. The South’s Yonhap news agency said the medium-range missiles flew for about 600 miles (1,000 km) and landed inside Japan’s air defense identification zone.
The test prompted a quick meeting between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Hangzhou, and they agreed to cooperate on monitoring the situation, a Japanese statement said.
Earlier on Monday, the leaders of South Korea and China met on the sidelines of the G20 summit and Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, state news agency Xinhua reported.
New Delhi: Delhi lawmaker Sandeep Kumar’s close aide Praveen Singh has been detained by the police after the former minister alleged that he had circulated the sex tape that lost him his job.
Praveen Singh is the Officer on Special Duty or OSD and a close friend of Sandeep Kumar, who was arrested over the weekend after a woman accused him of raping her and filming the video. A court today sent him to three more days in police custody, where he will be interrogated.
Sandeep Kumar was sacked last week by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal after the sex tape became public. The Aam Aadmi Party suspended him on Saturday. Mr Kejriwal has accused the 36-year-old of “betraying AAP and our movement.”
Mr Kumar has held that he is not the man seen on the sex video and that he is being targeted “because I am a Dalit.” His wife Ritu Kumar has backed him saying her husband has been “falsely implicated” and alleging a political conspiracy.
The former minister’s troubles deepened when a 40-year-old woman alleged on Saturday that she is the woman in the video and that she was drugged and raped by Mr Kumar before being filmed, about a year ago, when he was already Delhi’s minister for woman and child development.
Praveen Kumar was detained today from the gate of the Delhi Secretariat where he works. He is now being questioned, said the police, before they decide on making a formal arrest.
Circulating sexual matter is a crime under Section 66A of the IT Act, which provides punishment for sending offensive messages through communication devices and services.
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